Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 8, 2014

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Morningside Mustangs handed Dordt College their first conference loss of the season as they upset the 5th ranked Defenders 100-96 in a GPAC contest held in Sioux City, Iowa this evening. The Mustangs shot the ball extremely well in first half, built the lead in the second half and weathered a Dordt College comeback to secure the win. The Defenders move to 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference while the Mustangs, who received votes in the most recent NAIA poll, move to 11-6 on the year and 6-2 in the GPAC.

The opening 11 minutes of action in Sioux City featured five ties with Kyle Lindbergh and Austin Katje getting back to back buckets to tie it for the fifth time (27-27) with 8:45 to play. The Mustangs got some breathing room, going on a 10-0 run to lead 37-27 at 7:06. A Dalton Franken layup stopped the Morningside run but Steve O'Neill answered with a three pointer to push the lead to 11. An old-fashioned three pointer by David Den Herder, followed by a pair of Nathan Rindel free-throws had Dordt back within a half dozen (40-34) but the Mustangs were able to push the gap to eleven (47-36) on another O'Neill three ball. Bryan Sumner answered back with a three for Dordt and the Defenders were within three (49-46) on a pair of Katje free-throws before Tegtmeier added two from the charity stripe to send Morningside into the break with at 51-46 advantage.

The Mustangs used an early second half surge to open up a double digit (61-51)lead on a Danny Rudeen three pointer at 16:43. A Lindbergh layup cut the gap down to eight but another Rudeen three pushed it to 64-53 and Morningside enjoyed the double digit cushion for nine minutes, leading by as many as 17 points at two different times. Trailing 85-73 with seven minutes to play, Dordt added four straight free-throws and got a jumper from Franken to get within six (85-79) at 5:27. The Mustangs got a big three pointer from Tanner Miller at 3:42 to put Morningside up 11 (92-81) but the Defenders showed no signs of giving in to the home team. Jumpers by Katje and Rindels, followed by a pair of Lindbergh makes from the charity stripe had the Defenders within four (92-88) and put the Mustangs on their heels with under two minutes to play.

Rudeen hit one of two from the line to make it a five point game (95-90) with 33 seconds to play. Wolterstorff made it a one possession game when his jumper rang true with 24 seconds left to make it 93-90. The two teams then exchanged points on the next four possessions with the Mustangs hitting their free-throws while the Defenders picked up layups from Franken and Lindbergh.

With nine second to play Rudeen again missed one of two free-throws keeping hope alive for the Dordt faithful. Nathan Rindels nailed a jumper with six second to play to make it a two point game (98-96) but a quick run out by the Mustangs gave Danny Rudeen a layup at the other end sealing the upset for Morningside.

Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma: "Morningside played an outstanding game and we simply weren't able to guard them very well on the perimeter. Our kids showed some moxie at a couple points when they could have put us away and we battled back. We aren’t as good defensively as we need to be; we need to own the foul line which we did, but a plus five on the rebounding margin just isn’t good enough for us. They got off 31 three point opportunities, that’s almost half of their shots, so we need really need to play better out there. Austin (Katje) hit some key baskets to drive us back into the game; we shot the ball well, owned the free-throw battle, but didn't get it done on defense."

Dordt was paced by Austin Katje at the senior guard scored 24 points, hitting seven of fourteen from the floor, with four of nine from three point range and six of nine from the line while also grabbing a team high eight boards. Kyle Lindbergh added 22 points on seven of eleven from the field and eight of nine from the line while snaring six boards and picking up four steals. Dalton Franken and Nathan Rindels added 16 and 14 points respectively.

Dordt won the rebounding battle 42-37 with Rindels, Franken and Wolterstorff all picking up seven boards.

Danny Rudeen tied Katje for game high honors, scoring 24 points for the Mustangs on seven of nine from the floor with three of five from three point range and seven of nine from the line. Steve O'Neill contributed 17 points, Andrew Christen had 13 and Tanner Miller an even dozen. Jared Kolbush pulled down a team high 6 caroms while no other Mustang had more than five.

The two sides combined for just 25 turnovers, with Dordt committing thirteen to Morningside's twelve.

GPAC Scores from today:
(17) Hastings at (OT) 96
Nebraska Wesleyan 93

(5) Dordt at 96
(RV) Morningside 100

Concordia at 45
(8) Midland 70

Briar Cliff at 87
Mount Marty 64

Dakota Wesleyan at 60
Northwestern 66

GPAC Standings:
(5) Dordt 8-1/16-2
(8) Midland 7-1/16-1
(17) Hastings 7-2/13-4
(RV) Morningside 6-2/11-6
Briar Cliff 5-4/12-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-5/8-5
Dakota Wesleyan 3-5/10-8
Northwestern 3-5/10-8
Doane 2-6/9-8
Concordia 2-8/5-12
Mount Marty 1-8/2-14

The Defenders will host Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday, January 11 with tip-off against the Prairiewolves scheduled for 4:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 16-2 (8-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-6 (6-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 46 50 96
Morningside 51 49 100
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Austin Katje 8
Tyler Wolterstorff 7
Dalton Franken 7
Nathan Rindels 7
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kolbush, Jared 6
Christen, Andrew 5
Nikkel, Kyle 4
Rudeen, Danny 4
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 24
Kyle Lindbergh 22
Dalton Franken 16
Nathan Rindels 14
Team Total: 96
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Rudeen, Danny 24
O'Neill, Steve 17
Christen, Andrew 13
Miller, Tanner 12
Team Total: 100
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/70 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/19 32%
Free Throws: 28/34 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/68 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 13/31 42%
Free Throws: 21/23 91%

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